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Of all the shows “TNG” and later, why didn't “DS9” have any slow motion exterior video shots?

On TNG and Voyager, many of the exterior shots of the ships were done in slow motion video frame rates (for those who don't understand what I mean, the same rate as Curb Your Enthusiasm was until like ...
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Why did Gul Madred decide to torture Jean-Luc even when he was telling the truth?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, while he was sedated, Jean-Luc told the truth - that he did not know the Federation's defense plans. So why did Gul Madred decide to torture him anyway? Was it to ...
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Why does René refer to Picard as his nephew?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Family, Captain Picard meets his nephew René when he visits his home on Earth. René says, You're my nephew Jean-Luc. It is seemingly a joke, though ...
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Is this sequence in “Star Trek” (2009) a reference to a Hoth sequence from “The Empire Strikes Back”?

In the Kelvenverse timeline, which begins in Star Trek (2009), there is a sequence where alter-Spock attempts to rid himself and the Enterprise crew of alter-James T. Kirk, after getting off to a ...
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In “Descent” why did the renegade Borg retrieve their dead the first time, but in the second attack, they didn't?

In the beginning of the episode "Descent" from Star Trek: The Next Generation, when they fight the Federation on their (Federation's) outpost, they did what Borg usually do with their dead, but in the ...
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Why did the Borg ignore the rest of the Enterprise-D?

I understand why they kidnapped Picard, but why did the Borg ignore the rest of the Enterprise-D in the Star Trek TNG episode "BOBW"? Why not assimilate all on the ship? They only assimilate Picard.
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Were the Borg originally their own race, before assimilation started?

Part of what makes the Star Trek TNG episode "I, Borg" so confusing for me is that the Borg in their first episode, "Q Who", seemed like their own species. Half robot, half biological entity race. ...
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Was the later description of the Borg nursery a retcon?

In their first ever appearance, in "Q Who", from TNG it kinda was made clear that the Borg were born as biological entities, later to have implants. In Voyager ("Collective" and "Unimatrix") they ...
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Did Picard get in trouble when he was in command of the Stargazer and lost his ship?

I always wondered if the gap between his time as Captain of the Stargazer and Captain of the Enterprise was because he was barred from captaincy.
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How did Klingons go from being an evil, arrogant, aggressive race to their current portrayal as honorable?

In TOS, they were total smug jerks who, if they wanted to oppress you, they did it, and showed no regard for anyone. They thought they were superior to the Federation and Romulans. Yet by 1987, they ...
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Why did “Star Trek: The Next Generation” become more militaristic in later seasons?

I always wondered why Star Trek: The Next Generation took a formula of being militaristic (and the scores got more militaristic too) in later seasons? I'm thinking "Best of Both Worlds" and "The ...
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Why did “Star Trek” shift, as a franchise, from being a NBC thing (1960s) to being first-run syndicated (and eventually UPN) in its revival?

I always wondered why a show associated with CBS these days, was originally on NBC, in its original 1960s Broadcast. And why TNG, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager ended up on syndicated (for the first two)...
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Was Geordi's VISOR ever spelled lower-case in “Star Trek: TNG” scripts?

Reference materials for Star Trek spell the visual aide used by character Geordi LaForge as the acronym VISOR, instead of the word visor. Was this also the case in the scripts for the television show?...
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Why are Borg ships kept so hot?

In the Star Trek movie First Contact, Jean-Luc Picard mentions something about the environment on deck 16 being like a Borg ship. Lt Worf states the temperature as 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.38 deg F) ...
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Was this miniature in “Requiem for Methuselah” ever used to portray the Enterprise in space?

In the Star Trek: TOS episode "Requiem for Methuselah", the title character shrinks the Enterprise. You can see Kirk inspecting this miniature Enterprise on a table: Was this particular prop ever ...
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Why did costumes change style in Deep Space Nine?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Rapture", the outfits of the crew changed from colour to grey with a little colour underneath. Why did the outfits change?
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Why was Grace Lee Whitney so highly billed in Star Trek TOS?

Actress Grace Lee Whitney appeared in eight early episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series as Yeoman Janice Rand. The casts of these episodes (in the order that they are billed on-screen) are given ...
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Is Control in Star Trek: Discovery being used as an easter egg?

So, I just watched the Star Trek: Discovery episode "Perpetual Infinity" (S02E11). Control is a pure mechanical AI. But I had a suspicion. When Control took over Leland's body, the scene seemed to ...
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Why is Seven of Nine called Seven of Nine?

I'm pretty sure there's a lot more than nine Borgs, and probably quite a few that have groups of nine entities. Is there any in-universe description of how Star Trek: Voyager's Seven of Nine gained ...
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What happened to Terran Michael Burnham?

What happened to the Terran version of Michael Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery? The emperor seemed to believe that she could be alive.
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Watching guide for DS9

This may be somewhat too subjective a question, but I'll try anyways. I'm not a trekkie, but I do like me some Star Trek. I'm most familiar with TNG and Voyager. I want to like DS9, and there are ...
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Why do the Klingons jump between Klingon and English?

In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, many of the scenes on the Klingon bird of prey jump between Klingon and English in the same scene, with no non-klingon characters in the scene. Is there any ...
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Are there any indications why Roddenberry chose to make Star Trek a “battleship universe”?

Star Trek focuses on large, slow (in local space, anyway) ships which behave like battleships. As a counter-example, Battlestar Galactica was in an "aircraft carrier universe", where the big ships ...
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Does Starfleet have the ability to let men carry babies?

In Star Trek Voyager “Friendship One” (season 7, episode 21), a heavily pregnant Torres and Paris are arguing about her going down to an irradiated planet. Paris does not want her to go because she is ...
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Why was Roberto “Bob” Orci fired from “Star Trek Beyond”?

Roberto Bob Orci is an execute producer and writer, whom previously co-wrote with Alexander Kurtzman for their K/O Paper Products Production Company and often collaborated with JJ Abrams/Bad Robot ...
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Who designed the original Star Trek's communicator? [closed]

The communicator in the original Star Trek TV series is very similar in design to a flip phone? Was there product development done for the communicator before it was made? Who designed and created the ...
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Are there any male actors written out of a “Star Trek” series?

I can only think of two main cast members who were written out of a Star Trek series. That includes Tasha Yar of ST:TNG, and Kes of Voyager who were both female. Wesley Crusher's role in ST:TNG was ...
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Does Captain Tracey (Star Trek “The Omega Glory”) resemble a figure from American history?

In the Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969), I consider the character Garth a George Washington figure (whether consciously intended or not). He was a great military leader; also, his "...
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Filming locations for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

IMDB lists numerous filming locations for various scenes in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Not explicitly listed are scenes set aboard the USS Enterprise (the aircraft carrier CVN 65). Of specific ...
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Why did Spock and McCoy lie about not watching Kirk's final message in “The Tholian Web?”

Something I've never been able to puzzle out an in-universe reason for.... In the course of the episode "The Tholian Web," Capt. Kirk disappears in an 'interphase' event, along with the ill-fated USS ...
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At how many different scales were starship Enterprise models produced?

My question is about models of the original series Star Trek Enterprise, both shooting models produced by the studio for the original series run, as well as licensed model kits ever available for ...
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Did Captain Archer just forget the Illyrians after leaving them stranded?

The Star Trek Enterprise episode Damage ends with Captain Archer leaving the Illyrians stranded 3 years from home. This post 9/11 writing always bothered me because it seems to betray what Star Trek ...
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Did Nana Visitor actually sing the song that her character sings?

In an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Odo (Rene Auberjonois) is in love with Major Kira (Nana Visitor) and does not know how to court her. He seeks advice from a character in the holodeck who ...
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Time travel as an undo

In Star Trek (movies and tv) is there any reason why the crew can't use time travel as an "undo" should something drastic happen, for example death? They use time travel in First Contact to stop the ...
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Why aren't more holographic programs equipped with mobile emitters?

In Star Trek: Voyager the doctor at first is not capable of leaving the medical room, but later on he acquires a mobile emitter allowing him to leave the medical room. Seen on his arm. Why don't ...
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What is the significance of different color uniforms in Star Trek reboot series?

What does the different color of uniform shirts signify in the Star Trek movies of reboot series? In Star Trek Into Darkness Kirk orders Chekov to wear a Red shirt in place of a Yellow one to work in ...
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How is open head of Commander Data done?

Data has his head open several times, for example here: Given the time of creation of Star Trek - Next Generation series, I don't assume this would be done with CGI, also his head doesn't seem to be ...
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Why was Michael Dorn in Star Trek DS9 and not someone else from TNG?

This is an out of world question. How come Michael Dorn, who portrayed lieutenant commander Worf, was chosen to continue his role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine beginning in Season 4? Were there talks ...
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Where was the Caretaker's farm scenes filmed for “Star Trek: Voyager”?

In Star Trek Voyager's pilot episode "Caretaker", the crew of the Voyager is transferred to a holographic simulation of a farm. I could not find any information about the filming location of the farm ...
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Was the Star Trek episode Catspaw originally intended as a Halloween episode or was it just coincidence?

Was the Star Trek episode Catspaw originally intended as a Halloween episode or was it just coincidence? Did Gene Rodenberry or network executives specifically request an episode be written with ...
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How Did Kirk and Sulu Survive the Free Fall from Space Above Vulcan?

In Star Trek (2009), Kirk, Sulu (and a third) free fall from space in an attempt to disable the drill. Presumably, the shuttle didn't divert to enter Vulcan's atmosphere, so how did the three avoid ...
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How fast is the spore drive compared to other ships in the show?

I am trying to get my head around this as it doesn't make sense to me at the moment. We are in 2256 and the Discovery is currently experimenting with a spore drive. During the show it is saying how ...
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Physiological changes in Klingons between Star Trek TNG and Star Trek Discovery

My question is extremely similar to this one. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, thus I always took it for granted that Klingons look like this: Now I'm watching the brand-new Star ...
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Why does Captain Christopher Pike use a Wheelchair?

In the Star Trek (2009) movie, Captain Christopher Pike is injured during his capture, and is clearly seen using a wheelchair at the medal ceremony for Kirk. The question is: is there any in-universe ...
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Why do we not see see more robots in the Star Trek universe? [closed]

Sure we have androids like Data and Lore. We also have self driving/autonomous flying garbage trucks. We even have entire cybernetic races like the Borg and even nano bots. But in all the movies and ...
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Who are Sheldon's references of Crunch and Kangaroo?

In this clip of The Big Bang Theory, before sacrificing himself, Sheldon says Following in the footsteps of Kirk, Crunch and Kangaroo. I know Captain Kirk died ...
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Why was Kirk in the Nexus, but not the rest of the crew?

In Star Trek: Generations, the Enterprise-B is hit by the nexus energy wave. Kirk dies and is later found in the nexus. But why was he the only one there? If that energy wave was the nexus, shouldn't ...
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Was the smoke in this scene accidental or a practical effect serving to depict something?

In the Star Trek: The Original Series(TOS) episode "Journey to Babel", There were several shots of an "operating room" scene, in which McCoy (DeForest Kelley) is operating on Sarek. In at least a ...
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Memory of an episode no one remembers from Star Trek? [closed]

I have distinct memory of a Star Trek episode no one remembers! It is about Spock and Kirk going down to a dying planet with ruins around a dying star that comes to life as a person on the planet (...
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How does one Klingon recognise another as discommended?

I'm thinking particularly of the episode "The Mind's Eye" (TNG 4x24). When Picard tells Ambassador Kell that Worf is on the case, Kell interrupts to request another security officer due to Worf's ...